Students gather with parents and at Shoults Gospel Hall in Marysville, Wash. on Oct. 24, 2014, after a school shooting that occured at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School nearby.
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‘Blood is everywhere’: 911 calls emerge from Marysville


After just a few months on the job at the Seattle area Marysville Pilchuck High School, social studies teacher Megan Silberberger faced the unthinkable: a school shooting.

Audio from the 911 call she made to police was released late Wednesday; it revealed how she intercepted the shooter and helped identify him for police, revealing the horrible scene immediately after Jaylen Ray Fryberg opened fire on his friends at a cafeteria table, injuring five students, four of whom died from their injuries.

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“I’m in the cafeteria. I have the shooter. One shooter,” the first-year social studies teacher says in one of the more than 15 calls from students, teachers, and parents that were released late Wednesday. “Blood is everywhere. I do not see the gun. I have him down.”

According to a student who witnessed the violence, the shooter initially turned the gun on Silberberger but she swatted it away. He then fatally shot himself. She’s since been hailed as a hero.

“I can’t speak highly enough about the professionalism and the great job she did remaining calm, cool, and collected,” said Joe Deedon of Tac One Consulting, a group that trains law enforcement and schools on active shooter situations, on the TODAY Show.

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“I need help now. Shooter right here,” Silberberger says on the audio. “I tried to stop him before he shot himself.”